Friday, April 09, 2004

Not skiing

I’m not that good at the metric system: how many assholes in a Bush?

The Iraqi Minister for Human Rights has resigned in protest at American practices, which presumably don’t even come up to exacting Iraqi standards.

British cuisine for Easter: deep-fried chocolate cream eggs (500 calories, and well worth it, I’m sure).

The DNA testing clears Neil Bush of having a child with his current wife when she was someone else’s wife. By Bush family standards, this is vindication.

Condi admitted that Bush was alerted to the possibility of Al Qaida hijackings. Doesn’t that make his inactivity in the minutes after getting the news on 9/11 that much more irresponsible?

Asked about why Bush is on vacation now, as he was in August 2001 (all of August), and indeed for 40% of his presidency, White House communications director Dan Bartlett said that at least Bush is “not skiing.” Hearing this in Crawford, Bush sheepishly removed his skis.

I mentioned that American soldiers have sealed off the Saddam-statue-toppling square (that was a year ago today when, to be fair, the square was also sealed off by American tanks). Today they tore down posters of Muqtada al-Sadr in the square. And (quoting the Indy) “On Friday, an armored vehicle with a loudspeaker on top circled the square's colonnaded middle island, announcing in Arabic the curfew and a warning that anyone seen with a weapon would be shot. Bradley fighting vehicles and Humvees with heavy machine guns took positions around the square.” And then for some reason started blaring rock & roll, according to the BBC.

Guardian headline: “Even I Think My Films Are Depressing, Admits Ingmar Bergman.”

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